A WORKINGTON heroin dealer has been handed a lengthy prison sentence.
William Holm, 36, was staying with 29-year-old partner Karly Fisher at her mother’s flat on the town’s Wilson Street when police visited at 8am on August 2.
Holm and Fisher were in a bedroom, where officers found high purity heroin, two small batches of class B amphetamine, a “cutting agent” comprising caffeine and paracetamol, and weighing scales bearing traces of the class A drug.
“The Crown say what was happening,” prosecutor Jon Close told Carlisle Crown Court, “it was in the process of drugs being cut up for sale.”
The court heard long-term heroin user Holm had two previous convictions for the supply of illegal drugs, for which he had received jail terms in 2013 and 2015. In August he had been selling small quantities to friends to find his own habit.
Fisher, meanwhile, had one past heroin supply offence to her name having started using that illegal substance as part of a “coping strategy” after past personal difficulties.
In relation to the August crime, Holm admitted possessing class A heroin and class B amphetamine with intent to supply. He was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Fisher, who admitted permitting premises to be used for drugs supply and had been in custody since early August, was given a two-year community order comprising a rehabilitation activity requirement.